Sunday, October 20, 2013

A note to my readers

This will be my last post. After much time and prayer I have decided to let this blog go. The decision was not made lightly and has been after months of deliberation. I have taken 2 breaks in the past, and came back due to my "need" to write :)

I am so thankful to those who have continued to support me and encourage me by following my blog. Due to privacy concerns, and quite frankly my lack of good time management it is time to leave. I have felt the Lord dealing with me on this for awhile now and I have decided to listen.  I feel like to me blogging has become a "keeping up" job. There are so many social media outlets,  link ups, reviews and affiliates that I just am done trying to "keep up". That was never what blogging was for me, but that was what it was becoming.

If you would like to continue to follow my writing check out my author page at Were Just Parents

Who knows, I may come back later after my kids are older under another blog name. We will see :) But, in the meantime I am happy to have writer, wife, mommy and homemaker as my title, not blogger!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Autumn Scavenger Hunt


We LOVE Fall, and we love all things about Fall! The beautiful leaves, the changes in the weather (although, here we have had 80 degree days....) it is by far my families favorite season!

While I was getting things together for Daniel and Hallie's Tot/Pre School I came across this Scavenger Hunt. We have done these before, but this particular one I don't remember ever doing. I am not sure where it came from, and if you are or know the author feel free to tell me so I can give them proper credit :)

The first items on our list were leaves!
Red, Yellow, Orange and Green Leaves!

Next on the list were an acorn, a pinecone, twig and a flower :)

Then we had a stone, a blade of grass, bark and a winged seed


We were able to find everything on the list except for the winged seed and the acorn. Overall it was a simple activity that would be great for tots, preschoolers and early K, my girls really enjoyed it too! But, they found the items rather easily.

What fun Fall activities have you been up too? Feel free to share!
 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Creating An American Girl Co-op #2-KIT!




You guys already know that we are HUGE American Girl fans. To be clear though, I do not advocate the commercialism aspect of American Girl. We LOVE learning about the girls, and getting a feel of what time was like during that part of our American History. We have read quite a few of the series together, as a family.

A friend and I decided to put together an American Girl Co-op. The idea was to get a group of girls together, and learn about the time period of one American Girl. Our first Co-op experience was Felicity. The kids had a blast and we decided to do another one. This time the girls all picked Kit.

We did this Co-Op a lot different than the last one. We only had 2 days instead of 6. The days were longer though so we did still get a lot covered.

Here is what our schedule looked like:

Day 1:

10:00-10:15
10:25-11:00
11:15-12:15
12:15-1:00
1:15-2:00
2:00-2:15
Opening, Prayer, Discussion and students dismiss to class
Life in the Great Depression-
Cooking-
Lunch
Writing-
Dismiss


Day 2:


10:00-10:15
10:25-11:15
11:20-12:15
12:15-1:00
1:15-2:00
2:00-2:15
Opening, Prayer, Discussion and students dismiss to class
Waste Not/Want Not-
Art-
Lunch
PE-
Dismiss

Here is a summary of all of the classes:

Great Depression: I taught this class. We focused on 5 key terms you would hear during the Great Depression. These terms were: President Roosevelt, Hooverville, Black Tuesday, Hoboes, and Dust Bowl (or crazy weather in general).  I used Kit's World: A Girl's-Eye View of the Great Depression and Welcome to Kit's World, 1934 : Growing Up During America's Great Depression for the class. Check your library before buying them though. We were able to get them from the library for free. I also printed out this from the American Girl Site for free.

Cooking: The girls made this phenomenal Mock Apple Pie using Ritz crackers. It was popular during the depression because apples were expensive. The girls also got a cost breakdown sheet of prices then and prices now.


Writing: Kit was a reporter, and this class was a lot of fun! The girls spent time investigating each other and finding out tidbits of information. They learned about what it took to be a good writer and the differences between journalism then, and today.

Waste Not Want Not: The girls made their own Waste Not, Want Not Almanac just like Aunt Millies! They used old notebooks, and included tips they could use every day to save money.




Art: The girls all made autograph books with their friends autographs, stamps and drawings. This was an inexpensive craft and something that was popular during the Depression because they didn't cost a lot of money.



PE: Kick the can, Hide and Seek and Baseball are the games we played. We used an old coffee can, and made a ball out of duct tape. The bat was a tree branch found in the woods.
Break Down:

We had 13 girls sign up, and 11 show up. The age ranges were 5-11. We had 6 teachers, a floater, and a clean up person. The moms all took turns watching the little ones while the other moms taught. We charged each girl $10 for materials. We ended up coming in way under budget and had extra money to donate to my church for the use of the building. If I was doing this class again I would charge $5-7 depending on how many girls we had. This is just an estimate, if you do the class check prices in your area first. I based our initial fee on the prices of the Felicity class where we came in right on budget. But expenses for this class were minimal. Over all I think we all preferred the 2 week class over the 6 week. I think we are going to do another Co-op about Addy in the Spring!


Have you done an American Girl Study with your girls? Feel free to share the link or story below in the comments sections.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Do's and Dont's of Reading Blogs!



I don't know about you, but I LOVE reading (and of course writing) blogs! However, as a blogger myself now I have learned a few things to do and not to do while reading blogs.

DO:
  • Leave nice comments if a blog post inspires you, encourages you, or leaves you feeling better about yourself
  • Follow the blogger either on Facebook, by Email, BlogLovin, or your preferred method for reading your favorite blogs
  • Share the posts you love on Facebook, or Pin them on Pinterest
  • Remember that what the blogger is showing you is a snippet of their life. No one shows all their faults on a blog. The picture perfect school room does NOT look like that at the end of the day!
  • Remember that the blogger is a real life person, with faults and insecurities of her own. She is not perfect!
  • Use the bloggers affiliate link if you choose to buy something because you read about it on her blog. Many times bloggers do reviews for books, curriculum and other items for free. If we give it a great review, and you choose to buy it the blogger gets a very small percentage of the purchase.
DON'T:
  • Leave negative comments of any kind! This is just mean, and makes the blogger second guess herself. You can disagree in a nice manner, and of course good discussion is usually welcome. If you choose to disagree with a post PLEASE don't do it as "anonymous". You can't discuss something with someone you have no way of contacting....
  • Don't compare yourself to the blogger. Don't compare your school day to hers, don't "covet" their school room, curriculum, or home. Again, bloggers only show you a "snippet" of their lives. Nothing is ever perfect!
  • Steal their pictures, quotes, or posts and use them as your own! Most bloggers put their blog name on their pictures for a reason. It is their property, same as their quotes and writing. 
  • Don't judge the blogger in anyway (home, marriage, parenting, teaching, grammar, etc). She is taking the time to share her life and experiences with you. She does not have the time to be judged!
These are just a few things to consider as your reading your favorite blog! Are you a blogger? Have a few do's and dont's to add? Feel free to do so in the comments!

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